An American arrested in Pakistan for trying to board a plane while carrying pistol ammunition is likely a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent; however, US media described him as an agency staffer.
The man was held at Karachi airport Monday when security staff found 15 9mm bullets in his luggage during routine checks for a flight to Islamabad.
A US citizen, later identified as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), was detained at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Monday after airport security discovered 15 rounds of 9mm caliber bullets and a pistol clip in his luggage.
Joel Cox was attempting to board a domestic flight to Islamabad when the Airport Security Force (ASF) made the discovery. He was then handed over to the airport police station, where a case was lodged against him under section 23 1 (a) of the Sindh Arms Act, 2013.
On May 6, the judicial magistrate in district Malir, Adam H Ishaque, remanded the suspect to police custody until May 10.
Senior police officer Rao Anwar stated that Cox failed to provide legal permission for carrying the bullets. US officials in Pakistan confirmed the arrest of an American citizen, and a US embassy spokesperson said they were coordinating with Pakistani authorities to resolve the matter. Carrying firearms or ammunition on commercial flights is prohibited. CNN reported early on Wednesday that the detained individual was an FBI agent.